Big Cypress, adjacent to Everglades National Park, is a 2,400-square-mile collection of subtropical habitats that includes sandy Slash Pine islands, hardwood hammocks, wet and dry prairies, marshes, and estuarine mangrove forests. Though most of the original virgin forest succumbed to the axe during the logging-crazed 1930s and 1940s, a few 700-year-old Bald Cypresses are still extant. Today, most of the preserve’s namesake trees are dwarf Pond Cypresses. Thirty-one miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Tree Snail Hammock Nature Trail, and the 15-mile Loop Road Scenic Drive provide access. Nine campgrounds are available but provide no water or facilities.
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